Power station dithering frustrates

FRUSTRATED councillors at Wednesday's Lockyer Valley Regional Council meeting said they were tired of delays over an application to build a gas-fired power station at Mulgowie Road south of Laidley.

Cr Dave Neuendorf said Mulgowie Road Power, a subsidiary of Babcock and Brown - now in voluntary administration - had asked council for another extension before considering the application.

“They had originally applied for an extension of time until June 2, and now they want another one,” he said.

Cr Neuendorf said he believed the latest request for an extension of time was linked to the company's restructuring. Mayor Steve Jones said people living in the area affected by the proposed power station were under a cloud.

“The company has had adequate time to sort themselves out and they need to bring on the discussion,” Cr Jones said.

“It's about time we moved on.

“This power station thing goes all the way back to the old Laidley Shire Council.”

Cr Jones said he looked at every application that came before Council to determine what was in it for the local community.

“All I get from this power station application is negatives,” he said.



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